The Campaign is an exceptionally laughable, political comedy with no rules. A spoof of the American electoral process, the film features actors, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Dylan McDermott. A fairly standard comedy, there is no denying that The Campaign hits more than it misses.
The Campaign is a political satire about an electoral run for Congress in North Carolina involving Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), a nice, cheerful, uninformed director of the local Tourism Center, who is approached to run for Congress by two rich, local CEOs looking to control the district. Huggins is matched against reigning North Carolina congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell), a cocky, southern hotshot, and the two candidates engage in mudslinging and capitalizing off each other’s indiscretions. Jay Roach directs The Campaign, and combines his humor, seen in films such as Austin Powers and Meet The Parents, with ideas from shorter political HBO features, like Recount and Game Change, to create a ludicrous, political parody that imitates and exaggerates our current political state.
The Campaign is loosely based on recent political debates, elections, and scandals, and overplays the electoral process and campaign financing without forcing any major political biases on the audience. Galifianakis and Ferrell play empty-headed candidates following orders, and they present the audience with worthwhile comedic performances. A very typical plot, accompanied by outrageous stunts and absurd outcomes, the film uses crude and sexual humor to take things to a new level.
Using a simple set up with credible performances to humorously dramatize the political electoral system, The Campaign is simply a funny, undisciplined, carefree comedy all about poking fun at politics without any boundaries. The aspect of this film I enjoyed the most was the high level of unfiltered comedy due to the R rating of the movie. The Campaign is rated R for sexual content, language and brief nudity. I rate this film a 3.0 out of 5 stars and recommend The Campaign to anyone who enjoys refreshing comedies or well-balanced political satires.
By: Hayden Pittman, Film Critic for YouPlusDallas
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